Job openings and employment by industry comparison, August 2015

October 29, 2015

In August 2015 there were 5.5 million job openings in the United States. Over 1 million of those job openings, 19.8 percent of the total, were in professional and business services, which accounted for 14.1 percent of total nonfarm employment. Professional and business services includes legal, accounting, technical, and advertising, as well as management and administrative services jobs.

Job openings and employment, percent distribution by industry, August 2015, not seasonally adjusted
Industry Job openings Employment
  Number   Percent of total   Number   Percent of total

Total nonfarm

5,544,000 100.0 142,069,000 100.0

Professional and business services

1,097,000 19.8 19,966,000 14.1

Health care and social assistance

915,000 16.5 18,645,600 13.1

Accommodation and food services

675,000 12.2 13,407,800 9.4

Retail trade

651,000 11.7 15,692,500 11.0

Finance and insurance

274,000 4.9 6,075,800 4.3

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

209,000 3.8 5,314,600 3.7

Information

105,000 1.9 2,805,000 2.0

Real estate and rental and leasing

70,000 1.3 2,138,400 1.5

Mining and logging

17,000 0.3 832,000 0.6

Educational services

99,000 1.8 3,151,500 2.2

Federal government

73,000 1.3 2,749,000 1.9

Other services

180,000 3.2 5,679,000 4.0

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

52,000 0.9 2,436,600 1.7

Wholesale trade

178,000 3.2 5,951,800 4.2

Construction

148,000 2.7 6,684,000 4.7

Manufacturing

336,000 6.1 12,416,000 8.7

State and local government

463,000 8.4 18,124,000 12.8

Note: Data are preliminary.

Two other industries with a larger proportion of job openings relative to their share of total employment were health care and social assistance and accommodation and food services. Health care and social assistance accounted for 16.5 percent of job openings and 13.1 percent of employment. Accommodation and food services had 12.2 percent of job openings and 9.4 percent of employment in August 2015.

Industries with a smaller proportion of job openings relative to their share of job openings were construction, manufacturing, and state and local government. State and local government accounted for 8.4 percent of total job openings, but employed 12.8 percent of nonfarm workers.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and Current Employment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings and employment by industry comparison, August 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/job-openings-and-employment-by-industry-comparison-august-2015.htm (visited September 15, 2019).

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